West Africa used to be home to some legendary train journeys. Sadly, almost all of these have now been cancelled or limited to little more than suburban commuter trains. The exception is the 1,150 km long line running from Burkina's capital, Ouagadougou, to Abidjan - the biggest city in Côte d'Ivoire. This last line is probably for train enthusiasts only. The scenery is rather bland, and the ride isn't particularly interesting. The whole journey is supposed to take twenty-eight hours, but expect it to take longer due to delays. Should you find yourself buying a ticket, your choice is between the hard, blue plastic seats of the second class carriers, or the more comfy aeroplane seats in the air-conditioned first class section. Despite this often being a 30+ hour trip, there are no sleepers on the train. In theory, there's a small restaurant, but the locals advised us to use it solely as a bar, and we'd advise you to bring your own food for the trip as well.